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Community bans ceremonies for annual festival


NSUKKA (ENUGU STATE) – Residents of Aku community in Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, have been advised to shift weddings, burial ceremonies and meetings fixed for Dec. 29 to Dec. 31 or face sanctions.
Mr Cajethan Agu, National President, Aku Welfare Association Federated (AWAF) stated this in Nsukka on Monday while briefing newsmen.
Agu said in the three days, Aku Day celebrations would be staged, adding that the ban became necessary to ensure massive turn-out during the three- day event.
The president said that the event would be used to raise N1.2billion for the construction of civic centre, establishment of youth skill acquisition centre and development of education in Aku.
“We want to ensure that youths in the community are usefully engaged so as to reduce the rate of armed robbery, kidnappings and other crimes that thrive as a result of joblessness.
“The events will be used to re-establish socio-cultural ties and relationship among Aku people as well as re-sustain the fast dying cultural heritage in Aku,’’ he said.
Agu said there would also be paper presentations bothering on Aku culture, economy and politics in order to educate younger ones on the history of the community and the need to sustain its cultural heritage.
“There will be procession of Ozo title holders as well as display of traditional dances by various groups,’’ he further added.
In her remarks, Mrs Nkechinyere Idike, the President-General, Aku Women General Assembly, said women in the community have contributed immensely to the development of the community as well as ensuring peace and unity in the area.
“We are mobilising women to ensure that the Aku Day celebration will be well attended by women.
She assured that Aku women would continue to
support their husbands to develop the community.
Earlier, the Chairman of Local Organising Committee, Prof Godwin Mbah, said the committee had put necessary measure in place to ensure success of the three-day event.
Mbah who was also a former Chairman of AWAF, added that Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State , as well as other prominent personalities from different walks of life were expected to grace the occasion. (NAN)

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